A lot has happened since the last time I was here. Most of the time I was occupied by office workloads, but there were also exciting times where I got to explore new hobbies and interest – which you’d have noticed from the title of this post, and I will share in a bit as well.
We’ll get to the fun and colourful part in a jiffy, but before that, I kind of wanted to share the more *depressing* part of these past couple months as well. Only as a reminder that behind all these pretty pictures you’ll see in a bit, I didn’t always have good days. My working hours, for example, have practically doubled – which is thanks to the combination of my crappy time management, my perfectionism, and the increasing workload. I also skipped so many French classes and didn’t continue to B1 level since I didn’t even have time to study for the final exam. I bought a piano keyboard and planned to learn how to play it but it has been three months since it’s only sitting awkwardly in my bedroom, since I do not have the time to learn. I don’t exercise, the amount of times I’ve left the house since March (even to convenience shops) is countable by fingers, and I haven’t met A or any of my friends since March. It’s stressful, but I’m hanging on. Oftentimes by a thread, but at least it’s not torn apart (yet).
Like many of us, I’ve been searching for a coping mechanism amidst these insane times. Especially one that is doable from the comfort of my own home. And like many people out there, the answer is: houseplants!
It was not planned per se, actually. It started out in August, where initially I was only planning to give my bedroom a makeover. I’ve been living at my parents’ house in my hometown (again) since March this year due to the office being closed thanks to COVID-19, and the bedroom hasn’t seen any change since the last time I lived here in 2016. The decor was pretty cool for those older times, but I felt that it no longer reflected this current version of myself. So I thought, it’s probably a good idea to change the vibes around since I will use this particular space for God-knows-how-long until the vaccine arrives.
The process of summarizing the ideas for the bedroom layout was long, and full of meticulous details, but overall incredibly fun. I almost forgot how I loved doing all those stuff and it has been awhile since I tap into that particular passion. I took a week off following my work anniversary in August, and assembled most things in a week. I thought that adding houseplants would be a nice idea, so I did, and I bought six planters to begin with.
Little did I know, those six planters in August have managed to expand its families into… 107 plants currently. PRETTY INSANE, RIGHT?!
Welp, can’t help it. Either way, one has got to find a way to stay sane, ya know. I will write in more details about the process of decorating the bedroom and hoarding those houseplants in future posts, provided that I have the time to write more these days, but for now I just wanted to share a few pictures of the results.
Also, if you’d like to see more, I created a new Instagram account dedicated to this bedroom decor and houseplants journey. Do follow along at @mengakar.untukmu!
More deets will be posted on later posts. I hope you stay sane, drink more water, and always practice social distancing. Until next time!